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Create Your Own Summer Reading List Online

June 28, 2012

By Karen Ruben

At CLiF we promote reading as a fun and important activity for kids, but we also really love books and reading ourselves. And like many of you, we have been  inundated with summer reading suggestions.

The problem is, we all have different tastes and interests in reading, whether the book is for us or for our kids. As a reader, what do all of these summer recommendations really offer you? Wouldn’t it be great if you could find a summer reading list specifically designed just for you, so every book on it would be of interes? Better yet, a list your child would love?

The Amazing Internet offers several websites that help you generate your own perfectly tailored reading recommendations.

My two favorites are and On both sites you simply list around 20 books you have read and rate them with between zero and five stars. Then the site’s database takes what it knows about other people who have enjoyed the books you rated and starts making suggestions. The more books you rate, the more accurate the recommendations become. In less than twenty minutes, I came away with a list of ten books I have never heard of (!!!) that I am very excited to read.

If all you want is a list of recommendations, you can stop right there. But you might find that you want to stay and play a while.

Both sites offer you the opportunity to organize and catalog what you have read and what you would like to read. You can shelve your books in different categories (biographies, mysteries, page turners, classics, etc.) so if you have just finished a really heavy read (Theodore Dreiser’s American Tragedy) and just want something fun but engaging (Hunger Games?), you can get recommendations by category.

Then, if you get really carried away, you can write reviews of the books you have read and read other people’s reviews. These sites are really designed to connect readers with each other and allow them to share information. You can join book groups, connect with local readers, follow authors you like, and more.  It’s like a playground for bookworms!

A lot of people I have talked to use these sites for different reasons. We’d like to know about your experience.  If you have tried Goodreads or LibraryThing what was your goal and was it worthwhile? Would you recommend them to others?

Thanks for your input and happy reading!

8 Comments leave one →
  1. Kasha Godleski permalink
    June 28, 2012 7:25 pm

    That is so cool. I can’t wait to enter in some of my favorite reads and see what is recommended to read next. Great blog! Thanks!!

    • June 29, 2012 1:17 pm


      You’re welcome! Please let us know how it goes. We’d love to hear from you.



    • Karen Schmidt permalink
      June 29, 2012 6:06 pm

      Am glad to know about this blog. Will check the associated links soon! Thanks!

  2. June 28, 2012 9:33 pm

    I LOVE I haven’t been able to figure out Library Thing and since I’ve been using for so long I don’t really want to switch. You’re right though – they’re both amazing for creating to-read lists.

    • June 29, 2012 1:18 pm


      It’s great that you’re such a fan of Thanks for chiming in!


  3. Meg Mahoney permalink
    June 29, 2012 6:37 pm

    I am happy to find two great resources to help us pick out some great reads! We live overseas and often play catch up for hours in a Barnes & Noble on our annual trip back to the U.S. Space is made in each suitcase for books to bring back home. With goodreads, I can get a head start and personalized lists for the whole family. Thank you!

    • July 2, 2012 3:33 pm


      What a great idea. These really are perfect tools for planning ahead. I’d even say they would work really well for creating birthday and holiday wish lists.

      Thanks for chiming in!


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